Cleaning Stuff With Home-Made Cleaners
The basics ingredients of many all-natural cleaners are: baking soda, borax, cornstarch, lemon juice, pure soap, salt, washing soda and white vinegar. Buy these to have on hand and you'll be able to make many natural cleaners when needed.

Baking Soda - Baking soda cleans, deodorizes, scours, polishes and removes stains. 
Borax - It deodorizes, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power of soap. It also prevents mold and odors.
Cornstarch - cleans and deodorizes carpets and rugs, and can be used in place of baby powder.
Lemon juice - whitening items and removing grease and stains.
Pure Soap - cleans almost anything and is mild. 
Salt - regular table salt makes an abrasive, but gentle, scouring powder. 
Washing Soda - Cuts grease and disinfects. (Washing  soda or calcium carbonate can also be purchased from pool supply stores as ph-increaser or ph-up for less cost)
White Vinegar - great for whitening, cleaning hard surfaces and windows, and shining metal surfaces. Also removes mildew, stains, grease and wax buildup.
Air Fresheners Leave opened box of baking soda in room.
Add cloves  & cinnamon to boiling water and let simmer.
Use fresh flowers and herbs, especially fresh lilac. 
Carpet Cleaners, soaking up spills dump cornmeal on  the spill; after 5-15 minutes,sweep into a dustpan, then vacuum.
Carpet, Deodorizing

Sprinkle baking soda and/or cornstarch on  carpet, using about 1 cup per medium sized room. Vacuum after 30 minutes.
Mix two parts cornmeal with one part borax; sprinkle liberally,  leave for one hour, then vacuum.
Carpet, spot cleaning Put 1/4  cup liquid soap or detergent in the blender with 1/3 cup water. Blend until  foamy. Use this to clean spots on the carpet, then rinse with vinegar.
Copper Cleaner Pour vinegar and salt over copper and rub
Counter Tops
Mix 3 tablespoons of  washing soda into one  quart warm water.
For stained areas, use paste of baking soda and  water, let set a while, then scrub off.
Dishwasher, automatic
Combine 4 parts boric acid (Borax) with 1 part citric acid
Mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 3 tablespoons baking soda in wash compartment. Put vinegar in rinse compartment.
Mix 1 cup of  borax, 1 cup of washing soda, 1/2 cup of  citric acid and 1/2 cup of  kosher salt.

(Note: no all-natural cleaner will leave glasses as spotless as a commercial detergent with added chemicals, but these chemicals change the nature of water and are very bad for you and you are better off with streaky but otherwise clean glasses than eating the residues of chemicals that make water not function like water in your body.)
Disinfectant 2 cups water
3 tablespoons liquid soap
25 drops tea tree oil

Mix well, put in spray bottle
Drain Opener

(Tip: Prevent drains clogging by using drain strainer.)
Pour 1/2 cup  washing soda into drain followed by 2 cups boiling water.
Flush drain  weekly with boiling water for prevention.
Pour 1/4 cup baking soda down the  drain. Follow with 1/2 cup vinegar and cover drain tightly until finished  fizzing. Flush with one gallon boiling water.
Dusting  knickknacks Put old fuzzy cotton sock on hand, pick up item and roll around.
Egg, whole egg dropped on floor
Cover with salt and then egg can be picked up with a spatula (slice).
Furniture Polish Mix 3 parts olive oil with 1 part vinegar. Use a soft  cloth.
Mix 2 parts olive oil to 1 part lemon juice. Use a soft cloth.
Glass and Window Cleaner Mix: 2 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 cup white vinegar, 1 gallon warm water in a bucket and use to scrub windows.
Ink stains
Drench in hairspray, blot and spray,blot and spray until gone.

Laundry Detergent (gel, using bar soap)

[Frugal Tip: Dry all laundry on a clothesline or rack. Outdoors if you can, indoors if not. In the old days, they used to hang up a bar across the ceiling to hang clothes from.]

large bar of soap, shaved or grated ((Fels Naptha, Ivory or castille bar  soap))
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax powder

Grate soap. Put 6 cups of water in a large pot, add the soap chips. Turn on heat. When the soap has melted, add the washing soda, borax, and four cups of hot water. Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir. Let the soap sit for a day or two and it will gel.

Use 1/2 cup per load of laundry.
Laundry soap (dry, using soap flakes) Ingredients:

5 cups soap flakes,
7 cups of Borax
3 cups of washing soda

Mix and shake well so that all ingredients are mixed together evenly. You can  store this in an old laundry detergent box or a plastic container.

Use 1/2 cup per load of laundry.
Laundry detergent  (gel, using  bar soap)

1/2 bar grated soap (Fels Naptha, Ivory or castille bar  soap)
2 cups borax
1/2 cup of washing soda

Fill a 1 gallon plastic container with pour spout 1/4 full with water.
Add grated soap and soak overnight
Add washing soda and borax
Add water to fill container;  shake well.

Use 3/4 cup per load, add 1/2 cup of washing soda to  borax mixture)
Linoleum Floor Cleaner / Wax Mop with 1 cup white vinegar in 2 gallons water
Polish with club soda.
Adding sour  milk or skim milk to rinse water will shine the floor without polishing.
Magic marker
rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover or pure lemon extract. (Find the lemon extract in the grocery store in the spice aisle. )
Metal polish 1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon white  vinegar

Combine salt and flour in small bowl and stir until blended. Add the  vinegar and mix into paste. Smear on the paste with a damp sponge or cloth and  rub gently. Let the polish dry for about an hour. Rinse well with warm water, buff dry with a soft cloth.
(DO NOT use on  silver, silver plate or jewelry. See Silver below.) 
Microwave Cleaner Heat 1 cup of vinegar in a microwave-safe bowl for 1-2  minutes (should steam and loosen food inside of the microwave).
Wipe out with a  washcloth and warm soapy water.
Mix 1 part food grade hydrogen peroxide with 4 parts water.
Spray  and then let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Spray with distilled white vinegar and let sit until completely dry.
Repeat .
Chlorine bleach is a dangerous poison. If you have to use bleach to kill mold, open all the doors in the house so it is well ventilated while you are using it, and drink a glass of water with 2 drops of iodine in it before and after using bleach to counteract the poisons. It is preferable to use hydrogen peroxide for anything that needs bleach.
Mosquito Repellent
Citronella candles
Plant sweet basil around home
Multi-purpose cleaner

1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm  water

Mix and store in tightly-capped container.
Oil stain on clothes Rub cornstarch into oil stain for awhile, let dry, then soak in dish detergent
Oily clothes 1 cup baking soda in water, soak for an hour

(Tip: Use oven liners (trays) to catch drips.)

Sprinkle salt on spills when they are warm and scrub

3 tablespoons of washing soda
1 quart warm water.
Rub gently with steel wool.
Shoe polish
Rub with inside of a banana peel  and then buff.

Combine aluminum foil, baking soda and salt in very hot water in a clean kitchen sink. Put your tarnished silver and silver-plated items into the sink and let sit for 10 minutes. The tarnish  will disappear from the silver and reappear on the foil.
Rub with toothpaste and soft cloth. Rinse with  warm water and dry.
Boil in 1/2 gallon water and a teaspoon of baking soda
Stainless steel sink
Mix baking soda and salt and scrub
Mix 1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon laundry detergent. Put a spoonful on a stain and scrub in. Use a washboard, if available.Let set for a few minutes. Wash article in regular wash. Store remainder of stain remover in a tightly closed bottle.
Stuck together pictures Get apart old, stuck together pictures with a  hair dryer
SuedeRub lightly with very fine sandpaper.
Dry up as much of the wine as possible with paper or absorbent cloth, cover stain with salt. Let salt sit for several hours or overnight. Vacuum when dry.
Wood Floor Wax / Cleaner Oil and vinegar, half and half. Apply in thin coat and mix well.
Wooden Floor, painted
Wash with 1 teaspoon washing soda mixed in a gallon of hot water. Rinse with plain, clear water 

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